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services, it also has a platform for entrepreneurs that organizers say is one of a kind in Nashville.
South Nashville got a lot more international when Casa Azafran opened its doors to the public for
the first time Saturday.
It's a 29,000-foot community center where immigrant families can take
classes and receive health and social service but it's also where
they can start their own
the assets that we're really excited to contribute to Nashville is this
commercial kitchen that will support food entrepreneurs," said Renata Soto, executive director of Conexion Americas, the primary partner in the community center.
Soto says the new commercial kitchen is the first of its kind in Nashville. It's a fully stocked kitchen where caterers can rent time to make their food until their
business has grown to the point where they can move into their own restaurant and hire more people.
"At the core, this community kitchen is an economic development engine that will help create jobs," Soto said.
Conexion Americas has been serving Nashville's Latino families for more than a
decade but the new Caza Azafran serves more than just families from the western
Casa azafran is not just about one ethnic group
or one community, it's about bringing nashville together," said Remziya Suleyman, director
of policy at The American Center for Outreach, which promotes the empowerment of the Muslim community.
is just one of a number of groups that shares space in the new
community center, that also includes the Family and Children's service, United Neighborhood Health Services
and the YWCA.
"Our goal at Casa Azafran is to really provide that comfort," Suleyman said, "That welcoming environment where anyone can step in and
say, 'okay, I feel like I belong there.'"
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Pharmacist admits misbranding dialysis drugs
May 21, 2013 21:08 GMT
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A Tennessee pharmacist has admitted distributing a misbranded Chinese-made drug that was given to kidney dialysis patients in Kansas.
The U.S. Attorney's office says 53-year-old Robert Harshbarger Jr., of Kingsport, Tenn., pleaded guilty Tuesday in Topeka to one count each of distributing a misbranded drug and health care fraud.
Harshbarger admitted that from 2004 to 2009, he substituted a cheaper Chinese import for an iron sucrose drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The drugs were given to patients of Kansas Dialysis Services. Prosecutors say there were no reports of harm, but patients were put at risk because the FDA could not assure the drugs' effectiveness and safety.
Harshbarger's plea deal calls for four years in prison, restitution of nearly $849,000 and a forfeiture of $425,000.
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